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19 September 2018

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Heritage Day appeal to residents to obey park safety bylaws

On the eve of the long weekend to mark national Heritage Day celebrations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is calling on residents to play by the rules when visiting the city’s parks.

MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, appealed to residents to refrain from, setting fires in non-designated spaces in parks; disposing of charcoal on the lawn or against tree; consuming alcohol; playing loud music and or littering parks.

"Heritage Day weekend sees hundreds of people converge in parks to host braais with friends and relatives, and while it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying the city’s public open spaces, it is also worrying of the high number of complaints regarding illegal fires and underage drinking in parks," noted Sifumba.

The oldest park in the city is Joubert Park with Zoo Lake turning 111 years, and we have a moral obligation to ensure that these facilities, including facilities such as Thokoza Park, Florida Lake, Rhodes Park, InnesFree and other legacy-rich facilities are properly utilised to protect and preserve the city’s heritage.

"Residents are urged to obey all park safety bylaws and to report transgressions to the Joburg Emergency Call Centre on 011 375-5911,” she advised.

The Joburg Metropolitan Police Department, will be patrolling parks together with the Park Rangers, and will confiscate alcohol illegally being consumed in the city’s parks.

“Park Safety bylaws are in place for your protection as well as to ensure that all visitors enjoy a pleasant and memorable experience on Heritage Day,” she stated.


ENDS
Issued on behalf of
Nonhlanhla Sifumba
MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg

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